WOLFGANG TILLMANS AT MAUREEN PALEY
For his eighth solo show at Maureen Paley, London, Wolfgang Tillmans presents new works focusing on the visible and invisible borders that define and sometimes control us. Central to the downstairs gallery is a large unframed print of The State We’re In, A (2015) that documents the open water of the Atlantic Ocean where international time lines and borders intersect. This is displayed alongside imagery made at the Northern and Southern European Observatories that look beyond our national boundaries. Also on show are photographs that study the visual effects of the Sun’s light entering our planet’s atmosphere and an image of human blood flowing through plastic tubes, contained outside of the body during surgery.
A new grouping of tables that follow on from his truth study center series (2005 - ongoing) is installed in the upstairs gallery. I refuse to be your enemy 2 (2016) enacts another use of this display format by presenting various sizes of blank office paper from Europe and North America. Inspired by a workshop he gave to students in Iran last year this work examines the similarities in our nationalized forms of printed communication and how these formats can unite rather than divide us.
Maureen Paley, London
Through July 31